Oct 21, 2012 - 1:21 pm
Welcome to our EC support family. We are sorry you find us under these difficult circumstances for your Dad and your family. We wanted to move you to a new posting topic so you would not get lost in another thread.
On Sun, 10/21/2012 - 2:10am you posted:
My father was just diagnosed with T3N3 EC
My father was just diagnosed with EC at the Gastroesophageal Junction. The stage is T3 N3 M0. He just Began his first round of radiation on Mon. He has 4 more weeks left of chemotherapy in conduction with 23 treatments of radiation. If all goes well 6 weeks after he can have the resection. My father is 76 and had only complained about discomfort maybe 6 weeks prior to the diagnosis. He would voice his opinions to his internist and they would just change his mess for reflux. Although my father does have BE. And unfortunately, no one had followed up on the diagnosis or even requested a endoscopy in 7 years. :( regardless of the negligence, we have a plan in action for him and we have been taking it one day at time. This is also not the first time EC has affected my family. My father in law passed away at the age of 62 last year from the same exact cancer right down to the same stage.
I am so sorry that EC has affected your family twice in such a short time. You will find several Stage III survivors here.
I was also diagnosed with EC at the gastroesophageal junction. Like your father I had discussed acid reflux with my primary care physician several times and they just suggested avoiding spicy foods, don't eat late at night before going to bed, take antacids, etc. It is a shame that the medical community is not more alert to the potential for cell damage from acid re-flux that can evolve to cancer. I had surgery, chemotherapy, and am doing well today.
It looks like you Dad is getting the right treatment approach. Where is he receiving treatment?
EC surgery is a complicated surgery so we hope his surgery will be completed at a cancer treatment center that does many of these surgeries each year.
DX 10/22/2009 T2N1M0 Stage IIB
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